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20 Reasons To Read Romance & Erotica

According to the genre's biggest fans.

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Last week, BuzzFeed Books took a trip to Dallas to attend the 32nd annual RT Booklovers Convention for romance readers and writers.

We asked those readers and writers to share the reasons they're so passionate about the genre. Here's what they had to say:
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We asked those readers and writers to share the reasons they're so passionate about the genre. Here's what they had to say:

1.

"It's a sexy adventure!"
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"It's a sexy adventure!"

2.

"Because romance is like a fairy tale for grown-ups!" —Heather Manning
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"Because romance is like a fairy tale for grown-ups!" —Heather Manning

3.

"Book boyfriends" —Lisa Siefert
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"Book boyfriends" —Lisa Siefert

4.

"I love romance because 'real life' doesn't know how to 'suck.' ;) "
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"I love romance because 'real life' doesn't know how to 'suck.' ;) "

5.

"True love is magic, no matter the genre!"
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"True love is magic, no matter the genre!"

6.

"Too often, literature is about torturing women, about them suffering. Romance gives women another story to read about themselves, one with a happily ever after."
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"Too often, literature is about torturing women, about them suffering. Romance gives women another story to read about themselves, one with a happily ever after."

7.

"Learn some new moves for the bedroom."
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"Learn some new moves for the bedroom."

8.

"Because women's desire matters!"— Jessica Freely
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"Because women's desire matters!"— Jessica Freely

9.

"#foreplay" —KD Robichaux
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"#foreplay" —KD Robichaux

10.

"The reason I read romance is for the escape. It takes me away for a short period of time. I find the stories are the fantasy we all wish we could live."
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"The reason I read romance is for the escape. It takes me away for a short period of time. I find the stories are the fantasy we all wish we could live."

11.

"For happily ever after."
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"For happily ever after."

12.

"The same reason people ride roller coasters."
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"The same reason people ride roller coasters."

13.

"I have three kids and I need to escape!"
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"I have three kids and I need to escape!"

14.

"Because it speaks to your emotions and can make you feel alive."—C.B. Lee
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"Because it speaks to your emotions and can make you feel alive."—C.B. Lee

15.

"I love falling in love!"
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"I love falling in love!"

16.

"Because of romance I live in a thousand worlds!!"
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"Because of romance I live in a thousand worlds!!"

17.

"Sex, love, good feelings."
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"Sex, love, good feelings."

And if you're thinking about writing...

18.

"I write romance because I enjoy giving people happy endings ;)" —Leisa Rayven
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"I write romance because I enjoy giving people happy endings ;)" —Leisa Rayven

19.

"Why I write romance? Because I can create my IDEAL guy and not have to put up with his mom." —Season Vining
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"Why I write romance? Because I can create my IDEAL guy and not have to put up with his mom." —Season Vining

20.

"We write queer/trans romance because EVERYONE deserves a happily ever after!" —Kara Braden & Ray Van Fox
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"We write queer/trans romance because EVERYONE deserves a happily ever after!" —Kara Braden & Ray Van Fox

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